Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
September 11, 2004
Tifton- Traffic is flowing steadily through Valdosta, and just north Interstate 75 through Tift County is the same, but by Sunday afternoon that may be a different story.
"We're looking for a lot of traffic increase in the morning or probably even late tonight right now it's running real smooth," says Danny Griner of the Department of Transportation.
To help it stay that way, 22 Highway Emergency Response Operators, or HEROs have been called in to patrol I-75 from the state line up to Macon. They will help motorists who are having car trouble or medical emergencies.
Frances drove nearly 2.5 million people out of Florida, and traffic officials say Ivan's got her beat.
"We're looking a 4 or 4 and half million this time," Griner says.
Already the Department of Transportation has planned two voluntary alternate routes to move evacuees north.
"On the west side we're going to exit them off at exit 16, run them up through Thomasville, Albany and Cordele," explains Griner.
On the east side motorists can take exit 11, go around Valdosta, through Nashville, and get back on 75 near Perry.
But if traffic still heavy, the DOT is also prepared to one-way the entire interstate from Valdosta to Crisp County.
"Of course that will be our last resort and something probably nobody's ever seen around here."
Traffic officials spent the day preparing themselves for the influx of Floridians, but they say South Georgians should also do their part and take secondary routes when possible.
In the next few days the Department of Transportation will begin stagging dump trucks and bulldozers in Tifton and Albany so that they will be ready to roll and repair roads Ivan may damage.